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- It's You by Holy Balm
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 27 June 2012
Don’t know a huge amount about Holy Balm other than they are a trio from Sydney, Australia. Musically they’re on a ultra-hip minimalist dance pop tip with ragged rhythms and primitive synth work making up the foundation of the trio’s output. Kinda brings to mind a lo-fi version of NY indie dance circa 1982 with references to ESG, Bush Tetras, Liquid Liquid and the like being fairly apparent. They combine those influences with a a sort of broken techno pop vibe that sees abstract synth melodies clash with broken drum machines and that part-spoken, part-sung vocal style that is predominant in this field.
‘It’s You’ is kinda like a being at a weirdly claustrophobic party where it’s hard to decipher whether or not you’re having a good time. It’s all the queasy psudo-goth electronics that bring to mind ill-judged drug consumption decisions or that moment when you realise you can’t dance forever and you must run away and maybe go puke or something. So yeah, it sounds like the soundtrack to that ‘I’ve gone too far this time’ party moment...don’t know why, it just does. Amazingly wonky sleaze business.
9/10 Sebastien Seynaeve Customer review, 13th August 2014
It is refreshing to hear a release like this one, especially in a genre where a lot of people are focussed (obsessed) with re-releasing music from the past. Obviously there are connections with music from the past decades but the expression and the feeling of the music is very contemporary and reflects the vibe of the cooler nightlife parties worldwide. Sydney seems to be a good place to capture these moments so well. It’s very nice to have a dancefloor orientated record that has been recorded in a band formation in a decent studio, the vinyl pressing/ mastering is really sublime, warm and clean sounding. It is a record that stands out because of its unique personality and coolness. Looking forward for more. Good work Holy Balm!
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